Wednesday, July 13, 2016

It's Time, Acrylic on Gallery wrapped canvas

It's Time,  8X8 Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas, Painted on the sides  $88

I am heading to Denmark shortly so I will not be posting for the next month.

I look forward to many inspiring sites.

Happy Holidays.

Bente

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Outer World

Outer World,mixed media on Stonehenge printing paper
9 1/2X11 1/4

I show it above lying on a matt black board. It could be displayed that way as it will be varnished.

Below I have a piece of paper that I painted white and cut out an 8x10 opening to give you an idea what it would look like matted and framed.  I like it both ways.

I am playing with a lot of acrylic shapes and techniques.  It's been a long time since I gave acrylic a good run so I thought I'd dig in and see what I could come up with.

I now have STACKS of cut out shapes and painted paper ready to use when I need.  Of course I never seem to have the exact color I need so into my color binders they go for future use.

Blessings for a Great Day.

Bente

Monday, July 4, 2016

Playtime, Watercolor on Rives BFK





Playtime, 9x11 watercolor on Rives BFK paper $100

I've been taking a break from the hot wax with the summer weather and wanting to work on something more immediate.  What I am doing is squirting watercolor or acrylic onto either an enamel surface or glass and then basically wiping the paper across the surface and seeing what kind of a start I can get.  I was hoping to be able to find a consist way of predicting where the color is going to go.  This part has proven unsuccessful.

From there I go back in with Inktense Watercolor Pencils and Watercolor paint and see how I can build from there.  The Rives paper is softer than the watercolor paper and is a lovely surface to work on.

The painting below shows the second to last stage of the painting before being finished.  I thought it needed more OOMPH. 

Here you see my Star.  My studio helper.  He has taken to following me to the studio and sleeping on the chair or the floor.  It likely has more to do with the fact that it is cooler there than in the house but it puts a smile in my heart when I look over and see him there.
He is a true blessing.

This is one of the scenes from the kayak.  Our place is around the corner.  The water is dead still and the rocks and reflections are a constant inspiration.

Blessings for a great day.
Bente

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Burst Mixed media on watercolor paper

Burst, 8x10 acted mixed media on watercolor paper.  $100

This image was started intuitively using high flow acrylics,watercolor and paper soaked in acrylic paint.  I show it below in a mat and also framed in a standard 8x10 frame with glass.

I am currently preparing for two things.  One a trip to Denmark which will have me meet relatives that I do not know and the other is a studio tour that happens 2 weeks after I get home.  So, there is a lot going on.

I have done a series of these intuitive watercolor,mixed media painting along with some encaustic paintings to get ready for the show.  I will post a number of them in the next few days.

Happy Canada Day and 4th of July.

Bente






Sunday, May 15, 2016

Beach Fodder

These are images of some of the many items that I pick up off the beach or my neighbors construction site.  They are all rich with sketching ideas or items that may end up attached to a wood cradle in a painting

The rusty bits I pick up to rust paper for collage elements.  I spray them with vinegar and water and the paper that they sits on becomes rusty.  The curved item is very old.  Its a steel spike encrusted with rocks.

This one looked like a Viking or Salish boat to me. If I oil it or torch scrape and then oil it I think it would make quite a nice element.




Even my wood working neighbor liked this one.  I have actually oiled it.  If you zoom in on it you will see the interior circle is covered in swirls.  We figured the hole was from where a branch had broken off.  it is quite large.  The size of two small fists.



These two photos are obviously bark but look at the texture of the middle one.  Any idea what kind of tree that is.  The top one being cedar.  I picked that up thinking I could pull strands from it to weave around the rocks to hold them onto the panel.  The middle one has me stumped.



This one I think of as my fashionable woman, with an attitude, lounging in the sun.


The bottom three.  The branch that looks like a great tree.  The crab part that looks like a warrior. And last but not least my dried star fish.  Tiny little thing.  Very precious.


My inspirations.

Blessings for a great day.
Bente

No dp

Friday, May 13, 2016

Rainy Day

Rainy Day Encaustic on 10x10 Wood Cradle Panel $150.

This painting is a true mixed media.  I have used watercolor paper, hot wax, glue,india ink,shellac and metallic foil.

Its very hot and dry here right now.  We could use a good rainy day!

Blessings for a great day.

Bente

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Small abstract watercolor III

Small abstract watercolor 6"X9" on Rives BFK paper

I like these little studies.  They open doors to more abstract landscapes.  They could also fold up quite nicely to make gift cards.  Fun and immediate.

Wishing you a sunny day.

Bente